By Angu Lesley
Football writer kick442.com-Cameroon
Olympique Lyonnais of Indomitable Lions of Cameroon forward Karl Toko-Ekambi Louis Brilliant scored as Lyon picked up a crucial point against Marseille in match-day 28 of the French Ligue 1 championship on Sunday.
The game got off to a worse possible start for the host as they conceded early in the game thanks to Cameroon’s Karl Toko-Ekambi.
The in-form forward was amongst the scorers as Lyon destroyed Marseille’s plans of getting a good result at the Veledrome.
Toko-Ekambi scored the opener for OL in the 21st minutes off an assist from Lucas Paqueta.
Ekambi’s responsibility to lead Lyon from the sharp point of the attack took just 21 minutes to yield fruits again.
With Lyon leading early in the game, it looked like a long night for Marseille but somehow combination of multiple misses from the Lyon frontline and good defending helped Marseille stay in the game till the 44th minute when the host won a penalty off a foul from Paqueta.
Arkadiusz Milik equalized for Marseille with just a minute of regular time left before the break.
Both sides separated on a 1-1 score at the break.
Though the second segment was action-packed, they wasn’t another goal to show for the efforts of the half.
Toko was replaced 21 minutes upon resumption as Rudi Garcia looked for more attacking for his side to score a second though they were later reduced to ten when Paqueta was sent off in the 70th minute.
The game ended on a 1-1 score which favors Lyon though they would have loved to have all three points.
The victory is Lyon’s 16th in 27 games this season. They have played parity in eight– losing just thrice.
Lyon are third on the log with 56 points, three points adrift from leaders Lille who have a game in hand and a point behind second-seeded PSG than defending Champions PSG.
28-year-old Toko-Ekambi has scored 12 goals and provided five assists in 24 French Ligue 1 games this season.
Lyon challenge Rennes in their next league fixture next week at home.
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